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Introduction to the Study Manual
Welcome to this study manual for Managing in Organisations.The manual has been specially written to assist you in your studies for theABE AdvancedDiploma in Business Management and is designed to meet the learning outcomes specifiedfor this module in the syllabus. As such, it provides the basis for your study of each subjectarea, guiding you through the various topics which you will need to understand. However, atthis level, it is most important that you do not rely solely on the manual as the only source of information in studying the module. It is
that you read more widely around eachtopic, and we set out below some guidance on additional resources which you should use tohelp in preparing for the examination.The syllabus for the module is set out on the following pages and you should read thiscarefully so that you understand the scope of the module and what you will be required toknow for the examination. Also included in the syllabus are details of the method of assessment – the examination – and the books recommended as additional reading.The main study material then follows in the form of a number of study units as shown in thecontents. Each of these units is concerned with one topic area and introduces you to the keyconcepts, themes and issues of that area. They are, though, designed to be a starting pointat this level, and provide a framework for developing your knowledge and understandingthrough your own learning, rather than everything you need to know for the examination.You need to think critically about what you read and develop it by further reading and relatingit to your own experience and understanding of applications in the real world.Note that the examiners for all the modules at theAdvanced Diploma level have statedclearly that it is not sufficient to learn the material in this manual and repeat it in theexamination. You must demonstrate depth to your understanding by having read andthought more widely about the topics under discussion.
Additional resources
ABE website – www.abeuk.com. You should ensure that you refer to the MembersArea of the website from time to time for advice and guidance on studying andpreparing for the examination. We shall be publishing articles which provide generalguidance to all students and, where appropriate, also give specific information aboutparticular modules, including updates to the recommended reading and to the studyunits themselves.
Additional reading – As noted above, it is most important you do not rely solely on thismanual to gain the information needed for the examination on this module. You should,therefore, study some other books to help develop your understanding of the topicsunder consideration. The main books recommended to support this manual areincluded in the syllabus which follows, but you should also refer to theABE website for further details of additional reading which may be published from time to time.
Newspapers – You should get into the habit of reading a good quality newspaper on aregular basis to ensure that you keep up to date with any developments which may berelevant to the subjects in this module.
Your college tutor – If you are studying through a college, you should use your tutors tohelp with any areas of the syllabus with which you are having difficulty. That is whatthey are there for! Do not be afraid to approach your tutor for this module to seekclarification on any issue, as they will want you to succeed as much as you want to.
Discussion with other students – If you can, you should consolidate and test your knowledge and understanding in discussion with others. This can add an importantdimension to your studies at this level by explaining and justifying your understanding,or challenging the understanding of others.
Your own personal experience – The ABE examinations are not just about learning lotsof facts, concepts and ideas from the study manual and other books. They are alsoabout how these are applied in the real world and you should always think how thetopics under consideration relate to your own work and to the situation at your ownworkplace and others with which you are familiar. Using your own experience in thisway should help to develop your understanding by appreciating the practicalapplication and significance of what you read, and make your studies relevant to your personal development at work. It should also provide you with examples which can beused in your examination answers.
And finally …
We hope you enjoy your studies and find them useful not just for preparing for theexamination, but also in understanding the modern world of business and in your ownpersonal and work development. We wish you every success in your studies and in theexamination for this module.TheAssociation of Business ExecutivesSeptember 2008
Unit Title: Managing in Organisations Unit Code: MOLevel: 6 Learning Hours: 210Learning Outcomes and Indicative Content:
Candidates will be able to:
1. Understand the key factors in designing an organisation
1.1 Identify and explain the key factors or elements that are influential inthe design of organisations in the 21
century1.2 Discuss how these factors/elements can affect how an organisationis configured to respond to demands made on it both internally andexternally1.3 Describe typical ways of structuring an organisation (divisions,geographically, by product etc) and discuss the issue of centralisation or decentralisation in the above contexts1.4 Examine and explain metaphors (organic, machine-like,organisations as systems etc) that describe the differing views of organisations including the need for hybrid forms of structure1.5 Differentiate between the terms ‘structure’ and ‘process’ in anorganisational context
2. Discuss the reasons why organisations have adopted or adaptedtheir current form to provide effectiveness in light of external/internalpressures
2.1 Identify and assess key influences from the business environmentthat affect the way the organisation organises its resources2.2 Discuss the value of benchmarking against external competition toimprove effectiveness particularly at operational level2.3 Examine the role of technology in providing opportunities for theorganisation in achieving short and long term goals
3. Critically evaluate relevant management and organisational theory toassist in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of theorganisation and its processes
3.1 Identify and explain appropriate management and organisationaltheory to assist in achieving operational or functional aims3.2 Apply appropriate management and organisational theory toorganisations to improve the use of human, physical, and financialresources to gain competitive advantage over their competition3.3 Critically evaluate organisations to cope with a dynamic externalenvironment

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